Sunday, September 10, 2006
Energy Hunger-- is coalbed methane worth destroying the land?
In the West, a Water Fight Over Quality, Not Quantity
Now there is more than enough water, but the wrong kind, they say, and they are fighting to keep it out of the river. . . .
But the search for a type of natural gas called coal bed methane has come to this part of the world in a big way. The gas is found in subterranean coal, and companies are pumping water out of the coal and stripping the gas mixed with it. Once the gas is out, the huge volumes of water become waste in a region that gets less than 12 inches of rain a year. . . .
“It makes the soil impervious,” said Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who is a soil scientist. “It changes it from a living, breathing thing into concrete.” . . .